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4 Jan 2018

MFA: Belarus’ idea of non-confrontational cooperation gains more supporters

MINSK, 4 January (BelTA) – Belarus’ idea of non-confrontational cooperation between various integration processes attracts more supporters, reads the Annual Review of Foreign Policy of the Republic of Belarus and Activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus’ idea of non-confrontational cooperation between various integration processes, joint search for optimal ways of unifying growth and sustainable development and coordinated response to global threats is gaining more supporters among the states and organizations,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The ministry noted that in 2017 Belarus coped well with the responsible mission, namely its first presidency of the Central European Initiative. The key message of the presidency was the promotion of connectivity in a wider Europe through the development of infrastructural connections between the countries in transport and energy, digital communication, the establishment of complementary cooperation mechanisms between the integration processes involving the CEI members, the strengthening of the contacts with the neighboring regions.

Such approaches, according to the ministry, have found positive response among the partners as they are in sync with the common interests of developing the sustainable ties between the countries of Central, Eastern and Western Europe. A significant result of the CEI presidency was fuller involvement of Belarus in the European integration processes.

Minsk's status as an important unifying place in Europe was confirmed by the 26th annual session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe held in Belarus for the first time.

In 2017 Belarus continued its efforts to help resolve the crisis in neighboring Ukraine by providing all necessary conditions for the meetings of the trilateral contact group and its subgroups. There were 26 such meetings in 2017. The aides to the Normandy Four leaders visited Minsk three times last year to attend the working consultations to promote the settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine. With the same goal in mind, Minsk hosted a working meeting between the Russian and U.S. delegations headed by the Russian presidential aide and the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations.


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